The leading Flight School in Iceland

Become a pilot

The Integrated Professional Pilot Program requires no previous experience and takes 20 months from start to finish. All training is conducted in English. We are a market leading flight school.

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Become an aircraft engineer

Become an IR Part 66 Category B certificated engineer. All training is conducted in English. The training program is in cooperation with Air Service Training (AST) in Scotland.

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Thinking about doing your flight training in Iceland?

Study at Keilir Aviation Academy in a unique and challenging environment among glaciers and volcanoes
This could be your future classroom

Flight training as you will never experience it anywhere in the world. The Icelandic scenery will continue to amaze you through out your flight training at Keilir Aviation Academy. But don’t just take our word for it – watch the video above.

State-of-the-art aircraft fleet

Not only do we have one of the most modern aircraft fleets in the world. Our Diamond DA42 multi-engine simulator was delivered in 2018 directly from the factory and brings a whole new aspect into our flight training.

  • Fleet size
    State-of-the-art Diamond aircraft (including 2 simulators)
  • International students
    43 %
    Students from 3 continents & 16 countries
  • Job statistics
    90 %
    of our students land a job within 12 months
February 18, 2019
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Keilir graduates, Captain and First Officer on the same flight

Two former Keilir Aviation Academy students together on the flight deck of a Boeing 737. Michael from Denmark and Martin from Sweden were randomly scheduled to fly together on a flight from Malta to Belfast for one of the biggest airlines in Europe.
January 21, 2019
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Meet SunExpress, our new airline partner (fast track to First Officer on the B737)

Keilir Aviation Academy partnered with SunExpress to provide well trained First Officers on their Boeing 737 fleet ensuring continuous growth and sustainable pilot recruitment. The Fast Track to First Officer Program is open for both current and graduated Keilir students and benefit “low hour” pilots to make a smooth transition from student pilot to airline pilot
January 17, 2019
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Keilir Aviation Academy acquires one of Iceland’s largest flight schools

Keilir Aviation Academy has acquired the Icelandic Flight Academy, one of the oldest operating flight schools in Iceland. After the purchase the school will operate over two dozen training aircraft and sophisticated flight simulators in Iceland’s major airports, with a collective student body totalling close to five hundred pilot students.

I started the Advanced Training Program at Keilir Aviation Academy in the autumn of 2013 and finished summer 2014. A few weeks later I had the first airline interview and after half a year I flew the Boeing 737 for the first time and this is now what I do daily. I am very happy about my time at Keilir and Iceland.

Keilir Aviation Academy offered flexible training, good prices, motivated instructors, good resources and modern visions. In Iceland, you get exposed to all kinds of weather conditions and challenging environments that makes it perfect for training. Just the option of flight school I was looking for.

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Ninni Thisner

2013 I started at Keilir Aviation Academy and in the summer of 2015 I got my commercial license. After finishing at Keilir I felt very well prepared and motivated for my first job. Now I fly the ATR 72-600 as first officer and the feeling of working with my greatest hobby is amazing.
The professional staff, challenging environmental conditions along with flying the brand new fleet at a lower price than other flight schools made the choice easy for me. Since my first visit to the school I felt like it matched my ambitions and I don’t regret going to Iceland

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Mads Bech

I started the professional pilot program at Keilir Aviation Academy in the spring 2013 and finished the program in summer 2015. The landscape in Iceland is amazing and it was fantastic to get an opportunity to explore it from above. Offering training in a challenging and beautiful environment with experienced and motivated instructors made the choice easy for me. Keilir Aviation Academy was just the place I was looking for. I’ve made friends for life and I highly recommend Keilir Aviation Academy to anyone looking to pursue a career as a commercial pilot.

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Sebastian Larsson

I was 24 years old when I started at Keilir Aviation Academy in 2012. Moving to a new country and starting a new education took me out of my comfort zone. However, this was also one of the main reasons why I initially decided to go. To have a chance in the aviation industry you must be ready to move and adapt to new cultures.

My time in Iceland helped me achieve that and I think that was a huge advantage when I did my first job interview. I do not regret one second that I chose Keilir Aviation Academy.  I met some fantastic people that are now among my best friends.

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Michael Lauritzen

From the moment I started my flight training, I felt like a part of a family. Everybody at Keilir Aviation Academy make everyone feel welcome, they help you create high ambitious goals and most importantly help you achieve them.

A better surrounding for study is hard to find, and I will be forever grateful for everything they gave me.

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Heimir Snær Heimisson
WOW air

I started my training with Keilir Aviation Academy in the winter of 2013, the Icelandic winter really tested my pilot skills but at the end of my training, I felt confident and fully prepared for my skills tests. My instructors were both airline pilots, flying the B747 and A320 so their training was impeccable when I went on to do my Instrument Rating. Overall, I had an awesome time in Iceland, from start to finish the service from the school, instructors and examiners was outstanding.

I am now flying for a corporate operator on the Citation Mustang based in Europe, to be honest, the cockpit of the Mustang is not that much different to Keilir’s training aircraft!

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Ryan Dack

I was one of the first Scandinavian students doing the flight training in Iceland. Moving to a new country was a big step, but the Icelandic citizens are very friendly and the society is similar to what I was used to in Sweden. After completion of the pilot training, I worked as a flight instructor before I started flying the Boeing 737-800.

Iceland constantly delivers challenges, both weather-related and personal but looking back I enjoyed every second of it.

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Robin Farago

I was one of the first to graduate as a commercial pilot from Keilir Aviation Academy.  My experience with Keilir Aviation Academy was outstanding and I can highly recommend it. The modern fleet, experienced instructors and motivated atmosphere are only a few examples of the many benefits which have helped me in my career.

After graduation, I flew the Boeing 737 for a few years and today I fly the Boeing 757 and 767 for Icelandair.

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Ragnar Magnusson

Getting your medical class 1 certificate

This will ensure that either you are fit to complete the training and pursue the career or identify that you have underlying medical issues that could prevent you from achieving your goals. The initial medical must be obtained from an Aeromedical Centre (AeMC), and once this has been done the yearly revalidations can be performed by a number of aviation medical examiners around Europe.

All you need to know about the pilot screening

Our screening and assessment have been introduced to benefit both our future pilot cadets and the airlines. It ensures the airline is getting a pilot who fits their organization and furthermore that the future student has the motivation and skills required to complete the training and get an airline job afterward.

5 Steps to Become an Airline Pilot

Even though piloting being the dream career for most, they tend to show some uncertainty when perusing their career in piloting. Challenging nature of the course, higher competition for the jobs and higher costs incurred with the training being the key downsides that refrain students from choosing their dream job. It should be admitted that being an airline pilot is never an easy task. Students have to go through myriad of challenges during the training to make him/her a perfect fit for impeccable tasks.

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